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43029-01 - Vorlesung: International Political Economy of Energy and Climate Policy 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster Jedes Herbstsemester
Dozierende Aya Kachi (aya.kachi@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt In a globalizing world, energy and climate challenges reach beyond national borders. For example, the concentration of greenhouse gases---hence climate change---is determined by the emissions of all natio Consequently policy strategies to address climate change require collective efforts from all nations. However, achieving international and transnational cooperation for providing global public goods is subject to conflicting interests and can be very difficult. Multiple political and economic actors have to find a way to agree on a single policy protocol. These conflicting interests among nation states and their resolution raise many important and challenging questions for policymakers and researchers. Among all countries that are highly heterogeneous (e.g. in terms of polluting behavior, vulnerability, political interests, economic capacity) what is ``fair" burden-sharing for global solutions? Who should be deciding on the allocation of such burden? How and by whom should actors' compliance with global protocols be monitored? How can we enforce these protocols when there is no ``world government"?

As you might have already wondered, the need for cooperation and the difficulty due to conflicting interests reside not only between countries but also between multiple actors within a country. For any energy- and environment-related policies, national governments are expected to be responsive to voters' (citizens') preferences, but they also constantly face the demand from domestic interest groups with competing preferences. Furthermore, what we call ``the government" in reality is typically divided into different branches, such as parliament, local governments, courts, and bureaucratic offices. They all operate under varying principles and incentives. The complex domestic policy process raises important issues regarding how a government can justifiably aggregate competing interests among domestic actors.

Based on studies in Economics and Political Science (international relations), this course first identifies and provides an overview of relevant policy issues, actors, and institutions in the context of global energy and climate governance. In particular, the course is aimed to gathering a better understanding of political and economic dilemmas associated with domestic and international cooperation on energy and climate policy. Along the course, we study both what constitutes 'good" or ``legitimate" transnational governance in terms of participation, rule-making, monitoring and enforcement, as well as how certain governance structures affect political and economic outcomes in our societies. The course should be of interest particularly---but not limited---to students who are interested in international energy and climate policy-making as well as in academic research involving international relations and international cooperation. Active participation in class is required to complete the course.
Lernziele The goal of this course is to provide an overview of issues associated with collective policy-making in climate and energy policy domains from political-economic perspectives.
Literatur Reading materials ("required" or "recommended") are mainly from published scholarly articles, book chapters and reports by international organizations. All these materials will be provided for download on ADAM.
Bemerkungen The course is 4 h weekly, but only in the second half of the term.
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Teilnahmebedingungen No special requirements. However, basic knowledge of microeconomics and game theory will be useful.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Registration: Please enrol in MOnA. EUCOR-Students and students of other Swiss Universities have to enrol at the students administration office (studseksupport1@unibas.ch) within the official enrolment period. Enrolment = Registration for the exam!
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz
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Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 31.10.2019 – 12.12.2019
Zeit Mittwoch, 10.15-11.45 Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Donnerstag, 10.15-11.45 Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium

Attention, the event does not always take place in the same room. The dates and corresponding rooms can be seen below:

Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 31.10.2019 10.15-11.45 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Mittwoch 06.11.2019 10.15-11.45 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Donnerstag 07.11.2019 10.15-11.45 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Mittwoch 13.11.2019 10.15-11.45 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Donnerstag 14.11.2019 10.15-11.45 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Mittwoch 20.11.2019 10.15-11.45 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Donnerstag 21.11.2019 10.15-11.45 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Mittwoch 27.11.2019 10.15-11.45 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Donnerstag 28.11.2019 10.15-11.45 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Mittwoch 04.12.2019 10.15-11.45 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Donnerstag 05.12.2019 10.15-11.45 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Mittwoch 11.12.2019 10.15-11.45 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Donnerstag 12.12.2019 10.15-11.45 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium
Module Modul Economics (ECON) II (Bachelorstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Modul: Vertiefung Politikwissenschaft B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Wahlbereich Bachelor Wirtschaftswissenschaften: Empfehlungen (Bachelor Studienfach Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Leistungsüberprüfung Semesterendprüfung
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung (1) Active participation

(2) Written final exam: you will take a 75-minute written exam during the university's final exam period after the semester. The exam consists of (a) true-false, (b) multiple-choice, (c) short-answer, and (d) open-ended questions. The questions should be answered in English; however, grammatical elements are of less importance in earning points.

(3) Group activity - policy and business case study at the end of the semester.

Final Exam: 17.01.20; 10:00-11:15.
You can still withdraw from the examination by submitting a completed, signed form to our office from 15.10.19 until 25.10.19 / 12:00 o’clock. Withdrawals sent by email will not be accepted. You will find the examination withdrawal form on the Homepage of the Student Dean’s Office. Prior to 14.10.19, please only use MONA for withdrawing. The exam rooms will be published up to 08.12.19.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: Studiendekanat
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ, studiendekanat-wwz@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ